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Antique Wicker Furniture

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Durable, light weight, and available in a multitude of shapes and sizes, wicker is a versatile material that has been used for centuries to construct many types of furniture. Today wicker is primarily used on porches and in garden-theme rooms. When it was first introduced in the late 19th century it was used throughout the home.

Vintage Hats Make a Fashionable Comeback

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

The hat Aretha Franklin wore at Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration a few months ago made quite an impression on the fashion public. The unusual gray wool hat, adorned with an oversized bow decorated with Swarovski crystals, has been reproduced for sale to the general public after the designer, Luke Song, received thousands of requests for copies. Now that was a hat to keep your head warm, and a distinctive one at that. But with the return of warm weather and sunshine, most hats being purchased for spring and summer are designed to keep the sun off your face. Today we tend to think of hats serving a practical purpose, but in previous centuries and decades, hats were often a statement of social class and considered an essential fashion accessory.  

Antiques: Collectible Artwork of Fishing Tackle

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Thomas Edison used to go to the end of his fishing pier at his home in Ft. Myers, Florida, and sit with his fishing rod in the water for hours at a time.  His family and house guests knew better than to disturb him.  Some days Edison didn’t even bother to put hooks or bait at the end of his line.  His fishing time was his time to be alone, to think and meditate and get ideas for new inventions.

Shutter Tips

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

What do you do with a pair of louvered shutters that are covered with peeling, faded green paint? Rather than the way we typically use them to flank a window on the outside (after they’ve been restored), perhaps you can give them a role to play on the inside of your home instead. There are many uses for old shutters, and all it takes is a little imagination. One that’s fairly large can serve as the headboard for a bed. Hung on the wall as a pair, framing an imagined or mirrored window, can create an illustion of seeing the outdoors. Old shutters can also be converted into closet or cabinet doors, as well as used for room dividers. They’re often hung, in their battered and distressed state, on the walls of restaurants to add character and lend atmosphere to the surroundings.  

Ruby Glass

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

I’ve always been attracted to the beauty of colored glass and the way it looks when illuminated by light. The deeper colors are the most dramatic, Ruby glass created with gold has been prized through the centuries. The Lycurgus Cup, in the collection of the British Museum in London is an early example of Roman glass that is a handsome red, utilizing a technique that was lost and then rediscovered in the 17th century.  

Eagle Antiques

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

It’s a new year and a new president has been elected. During the months leading up to Election Day, there was a lot of talk about patriotism. One of the patriotic symbols of our country is the eagle. The Bald Eagle is our national bird. The eagle is not exclusively associated with the United States; many other nations have also chosen the eagle as a symbol of religious power and martial strength, including the Persians, Egyptians, and Assyrians. Thinking beyond the vision of our red, white, and blue flag of stars and stripes, we often envision the proud eagle perched on a rocky cliff and surveying the wide expanse of our 50 states.  

Antique Toy Soldiers

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

One of my favorite but poignant Hans Christian Andersen tales is The Steadfast Tin Soldier, written in 1838. The fairy tale begins, “There were once five-and-twenty tin soldiers. They were all brothers, born of the same old tin spoon. They shouldered their muskets and looked straight ahead of them, splendid in their uniforms, all red and blue.”

Antique Maps: Artistic History for Your Walls

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Officers of the Continental Army fighting for independence during the Revolutionary War needed maps to help direct troop movements. The British fighting on foreign soil were even more in need of maps to determine where they were and to plot their next move. Both the Continental and British officers used the American Military Pocket Atlas published by the British firm of Sayer and Bennett. It was called a holster atlas because the half-dozen maps were bound in covers, fit into a leather case, and strapped to the pommel of a saddle. A map from the Revolutionary War era is a rarity, but military maps in general are relatively common.  

Apple Antiques You Can Use

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

As the air is growing refreshingly crisp and chilly, and the leaves are changing into their brilliant colors of orange, red, and gold, it’s a great time of year to enjoy apples. And speaking of America’s signature fruit, there are many antique items associated with apples.

Niloak Art Pottery has a Local Connection

Nov 09, 2010 ● By Anonymous

Ginger Cove resident Kathy McGilvrey was just two years old when her father, Howard Lewis, left the employment of Niloak Pottery. Years later, McGilvrey and her sister still have the pieces her father kept with him through the years, examples of the many wares he created. A number of the Niloak pieces in her collection are marked with his signature.
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